Nevada City man in critical condition after Hwy. 49 crash |

Nevada City man in critical condition after Hwy. 49 crash

A Nevada City man is in critical condition this afternoon after he ran a red light on Highway 49 and slammed his motorcycle into a Chevrolet Suburban Saturday evening, hospital and police officials said.

James Drouin, 37, of Nevada City, was riding his 1973 Honda motorcycle south on Highway 49 at about 6 p.m. Saturday when, for an unknown reason, he did not stop for the red light at Lime Kiln Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Dina Hernandez.

Drouin was going the speed limit ” 55 miles per hour ” and he was wearing a helmet when he hit the SUV, she said.

The occupants of the Suburban, three people from Auburn, were not injured, according to Hernandez.

Drouin was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition today, said hospital spokesman John Galbraith.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, Hernandez said.

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